57: forging a new trail

I detest small talk, particularly about the weather, so excuse me for this: the weather yesterday was absolutely beautiful, right?

Sunny, nearly cloudless skies; warm and breezy, but not too much so of either. Excellent.

And because of that, I was posed with a bit of a dilemma. Continue reading “57: forging a new trail”

52: i think i’m multilingual, dude

My mother hates it when I “call her dude.”

Funny thing is, I’ve never actually called her “dude” before. Since she reads this blog, I’m sure this will be a revelation for her. Continue reading “52: i think i’m multilingual, dude”

50: NEW! history, the latest edition

I saw something curious on Facebook the other day.

It was an article about Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and the man who penned the Declaration of Independence.

And those are pretty indisputable facts about him (for now, anyway).

But dig a little deeper and, depending on whom you ask, what is fact becomes slightly more ambiguous. Continue reading “50: NEW! history, the latest edition”

48: to see the world as it really is, you have to break some rules

(This post is a continuation of post #45, which itself is a continuation of #40. You certainly don’t have to read them in order, however).

Yesterday, my mother and I took a pencil portrait drawing class at our local art co-op.

The theme was learning all of the traditional “rules” of drawing portraits – and then when and how to break them. Continue reading “48: to see the world as it really is, you have to break some rules”

47: prying nails from one coffin and pounding them into another

shamokin creek

I got a text from a friend today, and he seemed pretty fired up.

“Hey dude not sure how political you want to get on your blog but I’m trying to spread the word about this shit”

Admittedly I haven’t gotten very political with my posts. I’m largely still piecing together a patchwork ideology.

So I jumped at the chance to learn something. I looked at the article he’d sent, dug up a few conflicting sources, then sat down to ask a few questions. Continue reading “47: prying nails from one coffin and pounding them into another”

46: the voice in your head and the feeling in your gut

gandhi spinning

“Let go of your conscious self… Trust your instincts.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi Continue reading “46: the voice in your head and the feeling in your gut”